Alber Elbaz Talks ‘Small and Fat’ Lanvin Book

Alber Elbaz
Photo: Patrick McMullan
Alber Elbaz is releasing a book titled Lanvin.

Clear some space on your coffee table! If you’re a fan of Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz (and who isn’t?), his forthcoming book, simply called Lanvin, deserves prime real estate.

“The book is small and fat—something I could relate to!” the famously self-deprecating designer told the International Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes.

Small but mighty—the tome, with its grosgrain cover and gilded edges, contains three thousand photographs of everyday Lanvin life—from the house’s seamstresses to images of the Italian factory where Lanvin shoes are made, Menkes reports.

“I didn’t want to make it a retrospective, the beginning of the end,” Elbaz said. “I was searching for a story that people would get when they look at the book—and the story is the process.”

And on top of the images, the ever-quotable Elbaz also offers plenty of fashion wisdom. “It’s not about a front or a back of a dress. It’s about what is in-between; the body; the human being; the person,” he writes.

The book will be released early this spring and will retail for €320, or about $410.